Chelsea ‘still’ in transfer market for striker but have alternative plot on Frank Lampard’s request

Chelsea are still in the transfer market despite the clock dwindling down over a move for a striker.

Frank Lampard had told the board that he was desperate to see a new forward arrive.

The Blues’ position in the Premier League had looked perilous beforehand due to a string of inconsistent form.

And that looks under even more threat now after the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal all improved their squads this transfer window.

Bruno Fernandes, Steven Bergwijn and Pablo Mari have joined their biggest rivals while Chelsea have failed to strengthen anywhere at all.

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However, according to the Telegraph, the Blues are still in the market for a new striker.

A number of targets had been touted over the past few weeks including Moussa Dembele of Lyon, Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Napoli star Dries Mertens.

But transfers fell through over these targets – much to Lampard’s disdain.

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“The window is probably 95 per cent shut for us,” he said,

“I know there are hours left of it. The answer would be no to probably I’m guessing the players that you are saying.”

Olivier Giroud looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season
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However, the Telegraph further report that their plan to land a new striker involves waiting around for one to ‘come up’.

That would further frustrate Lampard and Olivier Giroud, who had hoped a new arrival would allow him to leave for more first-team football.

The Chelsea boss insisted that the Frenchman has been professional throughout the window despite it now looking likely that he will remain.

“Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and as a man,” Lampard added.

“We all know that there has been interest and I have sat here in every press conference and said ‘if its right for Olivier, for myself and the club’ and he…